Assessing tyre performance
Safety, comfort, economy: the quality of a tyre depends on a balance of these three criteria.
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There is no such thing as the perfect tyre. Each range is the result of a smart compromise between various properties: road holding, longevity, grip, etc. Some examples:
- For a sports car, the emphasis is on handling, road holding and endurance at high speed.
- On a winter range, grip, in particular on cold surfaces is the priority.
- For a hybrid car, tyres to limit fuel consumption should be chosen.
In order to compare tyres, they are subjected to performance tests. These tests award marks to the tyre per type of performance.
Basic performance (for all tyres)
Reduction in fuel consumption
Absorbs irregularities in the road
Responsiveness on dry roads
Sensitivity to aquaplaning
Braking on dry roads
Braking on wet roads
Road holding on wet roads
Basic performance for winter tyres
Acceleration on ice
Braking on ice
Acceleration on snow
Braking on snow
Usually the balance of performances is shown in the form of a spider chart ("performance chart").
The spider chart for this benchmark tyre attributes the same value to each performance.
Priority has been given to grip – on wet and dry roads – to the detriment of longevity.
Tyre with a technological advance
The overall tyre performance is greater than the benchmark tyre. Longevity and grip on wet roads have been given priority without undermining any other criteria.
rezulteo's notation system
The notation system on our site is based on the results of tests conducted by 21 specialist magazines and European test bodies. It includes 9 performances for summer tyres and 4 for winter tyres.